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Jyväskylä Sinfonia’s autumn season offers exoticism and rare pearls

The autumn season of Jyväskylä Sinfonia offers exciting and exotic journeys through a colorful spectrum of the history of music. “In the program there are magnificent and rare pieces from the 20th cen-tury, such as Paul Hindemith’s Lustige Sinfonietta, which finally has its Finnish premiere after 100 years from debuting”, says Ville Matvejeff, the chief conductor of Jyväskylä Sinfonia. The program includes also other masters from the 20th century, such as Maurice Ravel, Arnold Schönberg, György Ligeti and Benjamin Britten.

The season begins on the 7th of September with electric vibes, as the cellist Perttu Kivilaakso from Apocalyptica arrives to perform a brand new cello concerto composed by Olli Virtaperko. The electrically reinforced piece “Romer’s Gap” was ordered by both Jyväskylä Sinfonia and Turku Music Festival and it offers an assembly of sensitive tunes and arrogant rock ’n’ roll attitude.

In September, Ville Matvejeff and Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson will start a new series of Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano concertos with the composer’s fifth Emperor Concerto. The Beethoven cycle will continue during 2017–2018 seasons with two concerts.

Visiting violinists charm with Englund and Prokofiev

In September, the concert master of Finnish National Opera, Jukka Merjanen, will be performing a rare violin concerto by Einar Englund, who is having his 100th year of celebration. The concert, which is conducted by Anna-Maria Helsing will also include a true masterpiece by the Swedish art music, Lars-Erik Larsson’s Pastoral suite.

Diana Tishchenko, a Ukrainian violinist who had a great success in the Jean Sibelius Violin Competi-tion last year, will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s violin concerto with Jyväskylä Sinfonia in November. The concert named “Wild Experiences” culminates in the last symphony of Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 7.

The orchestra’s principal guest conductor Moshe Atzmon says farewell to Jyväskylä

The 85-year-old conductor Moshe Atzmon says his goodbyes to Jyväskylä in November and ends his fantastic career at the end of the year. “Maestro’s Heritage” concert includes masterpieces, such as Carl Maria von Weber’s Overture to the opera Oberon and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4. The soloist of the concert is Kian Soltani, who is the latest winner of Paulo Cello Competition. Soltani will be performing Edward Elgar’s Concerto for Cello, which has been named as one of the head stones of cello compositions.

Oriental exoticism from Vietnam and South Korea

October serves concert visitors with an imaginary evening in Vietnam, as the conductor Le Fi Fi and Nguyen The Dan, the player of the traditional Asian instrument erhu, arrives in Jyväskylä. In the concert, fascinating Vietnamese music partners up with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1.

One of the world’s top flutists, South Korean Jasmine Choi, performs Danish Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute in a concert conducted by Ville Matvejeff. Concerto will be partnered with a Finnish premiere of Australian Brett Dean’s composition Shadow Music and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Pastorale.

Massive church music pieces at the Taulumäki church at All Saint’s Day and Christmas

Jyväskylä Sinfonia performs Pekka Kostiainen’s Requiem after two years since its premiere. The piece will be performed during the All Saint’s Day week at Taulumäki church and will be also heard a day earlier at Mikaeli, Mikkeli. Requiem will be recorded with the concert soloists and Musica choir for Alba Records.

The Christmas’s masterpiece is J. S. Bach’s six parted, massive Christmas Oratorio, which will be performed in two parts: first three cantatas in December and the last ones at Epiphany. The concert visitors are spoiled with an infrequent star soloist, when Austrian countertenor Jakob Huppmann takes the stage. The other soloists of the Oratorio, soprano Kaisa Ranta has made a diverse career after winning Lappeenranta National Singing Contest in 2006. Baritone Ville Rusanen has also won the same contest in 2004. The soloist guard will be completed with a rising Swedish tenor Martin Vanberg. Chamber Choir Valo, whose chorus masters are Pertti and Annastiina Tahkola, has also an important role in the cantatas of the Oratorio. These both concerts are included in the autumn season ticket.

The Snowman fascinates the whole family in December

The beloved British Snowman animation movie comes finally to Jyväskylä Sinfonia’s program in De-cember. The movie tells a story of a snowman that comes alive in the middle of a night and has a magical adventure together with a little boy. The theme song “Walking in the Air” will be performed by Jyväskylä Boy Choir’s soloist Alex Vrielink. There will be three concerts during two days.

Four parted chamber music cycle will be heard in Mänttä and at The Museum of Central Finland

In autumn, Jyväskylä Sinfonia will launch a new and exquisite chamber music cycle called “Musical photo album”, which combines both photographs and chamber music in a unique way. In the concert, there will be collages of photographs taken by orchestra’s string players Grigory Tsyganov, Gary Litter, and Jerzy Hoffman. The photos will be combined to music that varies all the way from Baroque to Tchaikovsky and contemporary music. The first two concerts will be heard at the Honkahovi Art Center in Mänttä in September and October and the last two concerts at The Museum of Central Finland in November and December. The photograph exhibition is held at both venues for two weeks after the first shows.

Free dress rehearsals are looking for attending groups

Schools, pensioners, and other groups are welcome to attend orchestra’s free dress rehearsals. The free of charge dress rehearsals are on the following days: 14.9., 28.9., 5.10., and 30.11. starting at 10 am at Jyväskylä City Theatre. Rehearsals will last approximately three hours, but the participants are free to exit during the half time. The size of the attending group should be at least 10 persons. The same group can only attend to one dress rehearsal during a season. The registrations should be made early beforehand via phone (+358142664167) or e-mail (jenni.hakola [at]jkl.fi).

Autumn’s tickets are on sale

The season tickets for the autumn 2016 include 10 concerts and are on sale till Tuesday 30th of August. Season tickets can be bought from Jyväskylä City Theatre Ticket Office, full service ticket offices by Lippupiste, and Lippupiste web store.

Explore the autumn concerts http://www.jyvaskylasinfonia.fi/english/concerts

Tickets

Lippupiste
http://www.lippu.fi
+358 600 900 900 (1,98 €/min + local network charge)

Jyväskylä City Theatre Ticket Office
+358 14 266 0110

For further information

Marketing and Communications Manager, Jenni Hakola, +358 14 266 4167

18.8.2016Satu Heikkinen

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